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At around 4:30 p.m. yesterday, University Fire Marshals were contacted about a mercury spill on the first floor of the Heavy Engineering building according to Assistant Chief of Police Eric Olsen. The fire alarm started going off and responders quickly worked to evacuate the building and evaluate those who were inside the building at the time. Abhilash Kulkai, a masters mechanical engineering student was about to enter the building at the time of the spill. “They were checking the level of mercury on the body,” he said. “They had some solutions prepared for us so we had to step into the solution.” Another student in the building at the time, Agranya Janbala, also a masters mechanical engineering student, had his shoes taken and the bottom of his pants cut off as a precaution to make sure nothing was contaminated, even though he was on the second floor and did not…

University Police emailed Stony Brook students at 12:42 p.m. yesterday about an “unconfirmed threat” involving chalk type graffiti near the Student Activities Center.  Since then, one individual has been arrested. The email did not specify what the graffiti said, but a concrete wall near Roth Quad had “#DeportTerrorists” written on it. There was another statement written by the Express Loop bus stop, but it was erased. It read “Kill the infidels” with a location, the SAC, the date, 4/13 and a time, 1 p.m. There was a police presence near the SAC after the graffiti was discovered. “It’s kind of xenophobic,” Srijita Chakraborty, 22, said. Chakraborty lives off-campus and had just heard about it on her way to class. “I think using such words is a form of racism.” A spokesperson for the university declined to comment and directed The Press to statements from the Stony Brook University Police Department.…

Culture Shock is defined as the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar way of life or set of attitudes. This summer I was lucky enough to travel to Bangalore, India to study abroad for two weeks. Bangalore is located in the middle south of India and is known for being a rapidly modernizing tech capital. Although there are huge buildings and a lot of traffic, there’s still a sense of earlier Indian culture like food and flower markets on street corners. Before I left for the trip in late May, I was told by multiple people to be careful while in an unfamiliar place. “Don’t make eye contact with men, especially don’t smile at them,” “Keep your valuable items in a pouch underneath your clothes,” “Make sure you’re completely covered up,” “Do not under any circumstances drink the water.” I guess maybe these…

Over the past few years in the United States, laws against gay marriage have been repeatedly overturned by the court system. As of April 2, thirty-seven states have legalized gay marriage. On October 6, 2014 gay marriage became legal in the state of Indiana. Last week, the Indiana Legislature passed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” This law, scheduled to take effect on July 1, has all kinds of provisions that would allow small businesses to refuse service to gays or lesbians at their discretion if they thought their religious freedoms were being violated. Although gay marriage is legal in Indiana,  there are no laws that protects gays from discrimination. Both Gov. Dan Malloy, a Democrat from Connecticut, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat from New York, banned non-essential state-funded travel to Indiana until further notice in protest of the law, outraged at Indiana’s legislature. After this announcement, Division I Men’s…

Ever wonder what will happen to your Facebook account after you pass away? It may be morbid to think about, but the website created something called a legacy contact that users could begin to utilize on  Feb. 12. A legacy contact is someone a user can choose to look over the deceased person’s account. However, the account must be memorialized first, which can be done by requesting to Facebook — given that the request is deemed valid. A memorialized account will have the word “remembering” next to the late user’s name on the remembering user’s profile. Family and friends will be able to post memories on the remembered users’ Timelines, and content they previously shared will still be visible. Memorialized accounts won’t show up on “People You May Know” or give friends a notification for their birthdays. The legacy contact will be able to write a final post on the…

The first week of classes at Stony Brook were completely thrown off by blizzard Juno. Before it had even started to snow, SBU Alerts sent out a message saying that classes were canceled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning out of caution. The following week classes were canceled on Monday, and again on Tuesday morning. Since students missed so many classes at the very beginning of the semester two make up Monday class days were scheduled on March 6th and March 27th. What do Stony Brook students say about the havoc over the snow? “I was really excited at first, since my birthday was on Tuesday and I got a day off to celebrate with my friends,” said Shannon O’Connell, 20, a resident at SBU. “But after I got the e-mail about the make-up classes I was bummed out and now I don’t want any more snow days.” Lakin Williamson,…

With the season of winter comes the flu. This happens every year, and yet, we can’t seem to get a hold of it. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the United States has an epidemic of the seasonal flu every year. Approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year. On February 17,  Stony Brook students received an email from Student Health Services urging them to get the vaccination, although it’s not as effective as previous vaccines. “Getting the vaccine has been shown to offer substantial other benefits including reducing illness, antibiotic use, time lost from school or work, hospitalization, and death,” said Rachel Bergeson, director of SHS. Then it goes on to explain the precautions to take in order to stop the spread of the flu around campus. What makes this 2014-2015 flu season so much different is that, beginning in December, many states reported…